LeBron's Nike designer mocks Derrick Rose
Nike designer Jason Petrie tweeted Sunday that Derrick Rose "chose poorly" when he signed with Adidas. "#ShouldasignedwithNike," The designer wrote seemingly mocking the 2011 MVP over the injury he sustained Saturday.
received a lot of angry comments and backlash for his "classless" comments leading the designer to respond with "Y'all take sh#t too serious! Never wanna see anyone get hurt. I hope D-Rose comes back stronger than ever. He's too good.."
Reports despite Petrie's attempt at clearing the air, more people continued to express their disgust. The designer went back on the defensive tweeting, "If you ain't with me, you against me, and if that's the case, I don't give a F about you!"
reports that Nike has since publicly condemned Petrie's actions as "inappropriate."
In a statement, Nike spokesman, Brian Strong, said, " As a brand that is passionate about sport, we recognize the intense level of play that every play that every athlete has engaged in this basketball season and respect the dedication it takes to compete. One of our basketball footwear designers posted comments online that we feel are inappropriate, and he has since apologized. We wish anyone who is injured a speedy recovery."
According to Fox Sports,
Petrie designed the sneakers worn and endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.
USA Today reports that Petrie did attempt to apologize Sunday tweeting "Wow! Twitterverse I do apologize. It was just really just tongue n cheek. Never meant any harm or disrespect!"
As Digital Journal
reported Saturday, Derrick Rose tore his ACL during game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Philadephia 76ers and will miss the rest of the season.